Most sports-related emergency room visits come from strains and sprains, about 29% according to the CDC. Broken bones are next, and bruises and scrapes are third. Ankles are the most injured body part at 12%. Fingers and faces are second and third.
When is a sprain or strain serious enough to see a health care professional? If you have severe pain, swelling, or numbness, or if you can't bear weight on the area, you should see a doctor. Another reason for a doctor's visit is if you have pain and swelling, instability, or joint abnormality from an old injury. If you don't have any of these signs, it may be safe to treat your injury at home.